from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or near the anus.
  • adj. Psychology Of or relating to the second stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, roughly from ages one to three, during which gratification is derived from sensations associated with the anus and defecation. The anal stage is preceded by the oral stage and followed by the phallic stage.
  • adj. Psychology Indicating personality traits that originated during toilet training and are distinguished as anal-expulsive or anal-retentive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, related to, intended for or involving the anus
  • adj. of the stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region.
  • adj. of a person, obsessed with neatness, accuracy, compulsiveness and stubbornness, supposedly from not having progressed beyond the anal stage.
  • n. anal sex

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or situated near, the anus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the anus.
  • Situated at or near the anus; aboral: the opposite of oral.
  • Ventral and median, as the fin of a fish, without reference to its position with respect to the anus: the opposite of dorsal.
  • In zoölogy its abbreviation is adjective
  • In mammals, any glandular organ situated near or connected with the anus, such as those existing in the Mustelidæ. They reach their greatest development in the skunks, and their secretion is the cause of the fetid odor of these animals.
  • n. In ichthyology, an anal fin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or related to the anus
  • adj. a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.


From Latin ānus, anus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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